The Impact of COVID-19 on Registered Nurse Education Programs in New York and Utah

Authors: David Armstrong, PhD | Clark Ruttinger, MPA, MBA | Maa'isa Cleaves

Topics: COVID-19, Education and Training, Nursing

August 9, 2022

Registered nursing is one of the largest licensed health care professions in the US, and the registered nurse (RN) workforce continues to grow. However, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on the RN workforce as well as the RN educational pipeline. In 2020 a series of questions about COVID-19 was added to annual RN education program surveys conducted in both New York and Utah.

This report assesses the impact of COVID-19 on registered nursing education programs in New York and Utah, helping stakeholders better understand pandemic-related challenges faced by RN education programs and the strategies used to address them.